McCall grew up listening to the music and guitar picking of Merle Travis. He started his own Saturday morning country deejay show on WSRW radio in Hillsboro, Ohio, at the age of fifteen. McCall began playing dances as a musician and joined the United States Army Reserves after high school.
McCall and Johnny Paycheck moved to Nashville in 1958 and formed the “Young Brothers.” McCall began to work as a harmony singer with such artists as George Jones, Faron Young, Freddie Hart, Carl Smith and Ray Price , and Patsy Cline. He joined Price as a member of his Cherokee Cowboys and later joined the bands of both Faron Young and Hank Williams Jr.
McCall got his first hit with the song “A Stranger Was Here” and followed it with appearances in the movies “Nashville Rebel” “Road To Nashville” and “What Am I Bid?” in 1965 and 1966. In 1968, McCall signed with Wayside Records and recorded his debut album “Meet Darrell McCall.”
In 1972, he penned the number one hit “Eleven Roses” for Hank Williams Jr. The seventies brought several top hits for McCall including “There’s Still A Lot of Love In San Antone” “Pins and Needles (In My Heart)” “Down The Road To Daddy’s Dreams” “Dreams of A Dreamer” and “It’s The Water.”
McCall and Willie Nelson recorded the Top 40 single “Lily Dale.” It was the very first duet recording for Nelson and resulted in a very successful album by the same title.
Bear Family Records from Germany recently put together a box set of McCall’s recordings including all of his songs and even some rare demos and radio commercials. The comprehensive collection “The Real McCall” takes a very serious look at this dynamic entertainer.
McCall signed with Heart of Texas Records and his first project was released in 2004. “Old Memories and Wine” was produced by Justin Trevino and features both old standards and new songs.
- Disc Features:
- 15 Tracks
- Heart of Texas Records
- Compact Disc